Pro Bike: Ruth Edwards’ Factor Ostro VAM (the unreleased one)

The new and yet-to-be-ridden team bike of Human Powered Health. Plus a look at the unreleased frame and wheels. 

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by Dave Rome 16.01.2024 Photography by
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After two years of racing off-road as part of the Life Time Grand Prix series, Ruth (Winder) Edwards has returned to the World Tour. 

The former Olympian, United States national champion, and winner of the Tour Down Under has signed with the overhauled Human Powered Health outfit for 2024.  Formerly Rally Cycling, the women’s team stepped up to World Tour status in 2022, and for 2024, it has added new technical sponsors and a handful of new talent. 

In Australia for the Tour Down Under, Edwards was racing on a black first-generation Factor Ostro. Meanwhile, Factor Bikes’ founder Rob Gitelis arrived in town with the yet-to-be-released second-generation Factor Ostro painted in the yet-to-be-used Human Powered Health team colours. This colourful bike will soon become Ruth’s main race bike, with the black team bike becoming a spare. 

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